In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.
The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.
Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.
The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.
The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.
Urrutia Sustainable Tower Block
The main objective of the project is to create a building with 98 housing units for young people, a University Institute destined for the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and a parking lot for bicycles and motorbikes. It is a 16-storey building. Its singular position allows the development of two flat urban façades with tall windows that emphasise the vertical plane of its tectonic geometry with the two streets. The other two sides of the tower are fractured in height and gradually open out into the outer space of the new development. The façade is made of polycarbonate, which is thinner and more transparent, metal plate and u-glass, and they are all mirrored with the surrounding vegetation. The typical house (about 40 m2) consists of an entrance, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom, in this order, from less to more privacy.
On the ground floor, at the level of Urrutia Street, there is a room connected internally with the lower floors. A ramp which emerges from the square connects the park level floor with the car park, the service sector, the facilities and the warehouse.
The communal spaces are located in height on the two intermediate floors, where the surface of the tower decreases, the perimeter recedes and the volume diminishes. The last floor in height is reserved for the facilities. Reinforcing solar panels are located on the various non-passable roofs.